COVID-19 Information

Slovak Response to COVID-19, Travel Restrictions to The United States of America, and Consular Services at Embassy Bratislava

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: August 16, 2022

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ENTERING SLOVAKIA FROM UKRAINE, please click here.

***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded. Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

COVID-19 vaccination records from 2020 and 2021 remain valid for purposes of travel to the U.S.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Recent Changes to Country-Specific Information:

As of April 6, 2022, all COVID-19 requirements for entry to Slovakia are cancelled, regardless of vaccination status.

As of April 21, 2022, masks are only required to be worn in healthcare settings. Children under the age of 6 years are exempt from all mask requirements.

Update on Safely Resuming Travel by Vaccine Requirement and Rescission of Travel Restrictions

Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-resident, and non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. Exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited: Children under 18, people medically unable to receive the vaccine, diplomatic visa holders, and emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis.

The CDC recommends that you do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated. International travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you do travel, follow all CDC recommendations before, during, and after travel.

COVID-19 vaccination records from 2020 and 2021 remain valid for purposes of travel to the U.S.

Entering the United States After Departing Ukraine

As of May 1, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is cancelling the COVID testing waiver for U.S. citizens and accompanying family members departing from Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia.  Travelers from these countries should follow all regular COVID-19 testing requirements for entry to the U.S.

Links to Information About the COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Requirements for Travel to the United States

– Additional information on proof of COVID-19 vaccination and exceptions

General Country Specific COVID-19 Information:

Slovak authorities request that you do not go to the hospital if you believe that you might have COVID-19.  Officials request that those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 contact health authorities at 0917-222-682.  A healthcare provider will explain treatment options after discussing your concerns.

If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Slovakia, please follow the regulations as outlined in English on the webpage of the International Office for Migration.

Official government of Slovakia COVID-19 statistics can be found at www.korona.gov.sk

Contact information for public health authorities in each region of Slovakia can be found here.

COVID-19 Testing 

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Slovakia? Yes.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 24 hours? Yes.
  • Private testing is available at Agellab.skSynlab.sk Alphamedical.skLab.onlineRychlotest-covid.sk or Medirex.sk in various locations throughout the country. Rychlotest-covid.sk offers affordable 24 hr (or less) PCR tests in Bratislava, with a certificate in English.  If not ordered by the Regional Public Health Authority or a medical provider, the fee for testing is paid by the traveler. The standard cost for PCR tests is €40-€100.  Fee-based testing will be available, and may be required, at selected borders including some airports in the region.
  • Residents and visitors can no longer undergo free rapid antigen testing unless indicated by the local practitioner.  A list of facilities providing commercial testing is available on the e-VUC website, many of which take walk-in patients.  Results are provided within 15-60 minutes.  Clinic staff provide hand-written results certificates to patients immediately after their tests, or may provide results electronically after registration.  If you plan to use the results for travel, make sure that you receive a paper document or the option to print a paper document because text message results are not valid for travel to the U.S. or most other countries.
  • One option for quick and affordable antigen and PCR testing with the option to receive results in English is https://momky.sk/ (site and registration works with Google translate into English).
  • Persons who take a test from one of the Slovak government’s approved clinics may receive an SMS message with their test results.  It can take up to three days to receive PCR results.  If you plan to use the results for travel, make sure that you receive a paper document or the option to print a paper document because text message results are not valid for travel to the U.S. or most other countries.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 while in Slovakia, please follow the regulations as outlined in English by the International Office for Migration.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of Slovakia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes. See the website of the International Organization for Migration for details in English about vaccine eligibility and availability in Slovakia.  Eligible residents can request vaccination via this website (in Slovak only): https://vakcinacia.nczisk.sk/registracia.
  • Are vaccines available in Slovakia for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes, if they are also Slovak residents. Even residents, workers, and students with private health insurance can receive vaccines.  See the website of the International Organization for Migration for details in English about vaccine eligibility and availability in Slovakia.  Eligible residents can request vaccination via this website (in Slovak only): https://vakcinacia.nczisk.sk/registracia.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about the FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ENTERING SLOVAKIA FROM UKRAINE, please click here.

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Slovakia? Yes.

As of April 6, 2022, all COVID-19 requirements for entry to Slovakia are cancelled, regardless of vaccination status.

Travel by Air

Airports in Slovakia and neighboring countries are open.

Is it possible to travel to or transit neighboring countries from Slovakia?: Yes, some countries may require online registration, proof of vaccination, quarantine, and/or testing.

If you are transiting an airport in another country on your way to Slovakia, please follow rules for transiting passengers in that country. Note that as of May 16, 2022, Austria has lifted all COVID-19 entry requirements.

As of May 16, 2022, Austria has lifted all COVID-19 entry requirements. Even when COVID-19 entry regulations are in effect in Austria, arriving passengers may transit through Vienna or elsewhere in Austria without registration, test, or quarantine as long as they do not stop in Austria on their way to Slovakia or other final destination.  The Austrian Embassy in Washington, the Federal Ministry of Austria, and the U.S. Embassy in Vienna provide information in English for travelers from the U.S., Slovakia, and other countries to Austria.

For information on traveling to Hungary, visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Budapest or the Slovak Spectator’s COVID-19 Travel Guide.

For information on traveling to the Czech Republic, visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Prague, the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, or the Slovak Spectator’s COVID-19 Travel Guide.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No.

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No.

Are visa extensions for residents and/or tourists available? Yes, as detailed below.

Temporary and permanent residents, as well as anyone on paroled status in Slovakia, whose validity expires during the declared state of extraordinary circumstances and up to a month afterwards will have their legal status extended for two months after the official state of extraordinary circumstances is declared over.

Travelers that legally entered Slovakia on a Schengen visa will maintain their legal status until one month after the official state of extraordinary circumstances.

Note that the state of extraordinary circumstances is not the same as the state of emergency that ended on May 14, 2021, nor the state of emergency that ended on February 22, 2022.

Temporary and permanent residents who are outside of Slovakia and are unable to return during the state of extraordinary circumstances can submit an application for the renewal of their residency status at the closest Slovak embassy abroad: mzv.sk/washington. The Slovak embassy can provide details on application procedures.

For current information in English, including operating hours of the Foreign Police, see the website of the International Organization for Migration.

Movement Restrictions:

Is a curfew in place? No.

Information about COVID-19 restrictions is available at the website of the International Organization for Migration (in English) and the Slovak Spectator (in English).

As of April 21, 2022, masks are only required to be worn in healthcare settings. Children under the age of 6 years are exempt from all mask requirements.

Quarantine Information:

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.

Transportation Options:

Are commercial flights operating? Yes.

Is public transportation operating? Yes.

As of April 21, 2022, masks are no longer required on public transportation.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

As of April 21, 2022, all COVID-19 restrictions in Slovakia are cancelled.

Consular Operations:

American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava is accepting appointments for all services. Please visit the appointment scheduler to see availability.

The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava is accepting appointment requests for nonimmigrant visa applicants who are residents and/or citizens of Slovakia. Some nonimmigrant visa appointments may be available for nonresidents who are already physically present within Slovakia. Nonimmigrant visa applications are available at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/sk/.

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